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    Youíre becoming an athlete. Donít complain, embrace it

    Iíve been reading this forum for years. I actually believe Iím addicted to it. This is my first thread, wish me luck.

    I read soooo many posts that basically complain about hills, wind, bike weight, basically complaining about obstacles. These are obstacles to riding, but tools to change and improvement. As a former high school and college athlete I want to applaud you, and try to convince you that obstacles are what you HUNT, what you SEARCH FOR, what you BEG FOR. Obstacles give you the opportunity to improve, to improve daily. The willingness to embrace obstacles is the very definition of being athletic. Every athlete running stairs, lifting weights, etc. could sit and complain. Instead, the real athletes have mastered their own minds into convincing themselves that the task at hand is what will make them better. Most are competition junkies, but the competition is within themselves.

    While we have many challenges to overcome; diet, a sedentary life style, etc. As we overcome the mental challenge we are becoming athletic. We are becoming empowered to take on the physical challenges we have. I love to read about the guys/gals that finally get it. They start riding single digit miles. A year later they are riding multi digit miles. Two years later they are riding centuries, doing marathons / triathlons. No matter what they were in past life, they are now serious athletes. Iím envious because most of these folks kick my butt in centuries, marathons, etc. because my knees/ankles/ shoulders are shot.

    If you live in a particularly hilly area, feel lucky, you can achieve a serious workout much easier and quicker than the person who has to ride huge miles on flat land to get the same workout. YOU ARE LUCKY to live where you do. If you have wind you can ride in daily, feel lucky, you have an advantage over the flatlander with ideal riding conditions.

    Go Team Clyde, get better every day.

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    Rule number 5!

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    I actually did a little HTFU of my own today - I was just not feeling it and was tempted to detour around the only major hill on my planned route and said HECK no! Did it. Not my best time or anything but what the heck.

    I agree with the premise of the OP.

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    Great post HelpMeRhonda,

    I find it cool when I conquer a different hill for the first time and there are many to choose from in my area. I also find myself challenged in a large way with the mental factor and some hills challenge my mental toughness more so than my physical toughness.

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    GREAT POST...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelpMeRhonda View Post
    Instead, the real athletes have mastered their own minds into convincing themselves that the task at hand is what will make them better. Most are competition junkies, but the competition is within themselves.
    well said, even as a gimp that can't ride a bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    well said, even as a gimp that can't ride a bike
    Not sure I understand. I know you're not a gimp. Some of your rides are examples of what I was trying to say. The word "STUD" comes to mind. Me a gimp, no way. I ride/run. Don't think I can hang with you, but I do OK.

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    my current mode is "gimp".....I got hit by a car 2 months ago, 10 broken bones, busted/bruised lung, lots of staples/stitches and 1 surgery....sadly I will never be the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelpMeRhonda View Post
    If you live in a particularly hilly area, feel lucky, you can achieve a serious workout much easier and quicker than the person who has to ride huge miles on flat land to get the same workout. YOU ARE LUCKY to live where you do.
    If you have to ride more miles to get the same workout on flats, you're not pushing hard enough

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    I used to be one of those complainers, "it's too windy to ride, these hills suck" the list was endless. My wife in encouraged me to keep riding "it'll get easier she said" and you know what? It did!

    I started out last spring barely able to ride out of the neighborhood, by the fall I completed my first century (averaging 12.4 mph)

    To everyone out there keep riding, it will get easier......

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    my current mode is "gimp".....I got hit by a car 2 months ago, 10 broken bones, busted/bruised lung, lots of staples/stitches and 1 surgery....sadly I will never be the same
    Man,, really sorry to here that. Looks like you'll get to start all over again, lucky you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granturismonut View Post
    I used to be one of those complainers, "it's too windy to ride, these hills suck" the list was endless. My wife in encouraged me to keep riding "it'll get easier she said" and you know what? It did!

    I started out last spring barely able to ride out of the neighborhood, by the fall I completed my first century (averaging 12.4 mph)

    To everyone out there keep riding, it will get easier......

    Exactly.. great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    my current mode is "gimp".....I got hit by a car 2 months ago, 10 broken bones, busted/bruised lung, lots of staples/stitches and 1 surgery....sadly I will never be the same
    OMG the whining! It's deafening!

    I got hit by a car 17 years ago. 2 knee surgeries, 5 foot surgeries and yeah, nothing's the same. Deal with it.

    I give you permission to use "SuperGimp" as your avatar title. We should form a little club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    OMG the whining! It's deafening!
    Only whining cuz I officially lost my cycling tan lines

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    Only whining cuz I officially lost my cycling tan lines
    Nothing stopping you from laying out in the sun with your jersey on and some little pittard gloves... get that "tan / slightly less tan" line going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    OMG the whining! It's deafening!

    I got hit by a car 17 years ago. 2 knee surgeries, 5 foot surgeries and yeah, nothing's the same. Deal with it.

    I give you permission to use "SuperGimp" as your avatar title. We should form a little club.
    What a couple of wusses...

    Try riding with four coronary artery stents...or a broken rib...or shoe laces on too tight...or the sun in your eyes...or a speck of grease on your chain stays...or a loose string on your new riding gloves...those, my friends, are real sacrifices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
    Try riding with four coronary artery stents...or a broken rib...
    I've done the riding with a broken rib thing. When you face plant in the mountains on a mountain bike, there's only one real way to get down.

    As for the stents, I'm sure we'll get there eventually. Give us a chance to catch up to your advanced age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    As for the stents, I'm sure we'll get there eventually. Give us a chance to catch up to your advanced age.
    Bring it on sonny boy! BTW, get off my lawn or bring some pie!

    I have signed up for the MS Coastal Bike ride. Looks like fun.

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    Anyone else here has done any of the MS rides?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Granturismonut View Post
    I used to be one of those complainers, "it's too windy to ride, these hills suck" the list was endless. My wife in encouraged me to keep riding "it'll get easier she said" and you know what? It did!

    I started out last spring barely able to ride out of the neighborhood, by the fall I completed my first century (averaging 12.4 mph)

    To everyone out there keep riding, it will get easier......

    No it doesn't. Every ride I do is nearly as painful as my first; the only difference is that I can endure it for far longer, and I go a lot faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I've done the riding with a broken rib thing. When you face plant in the mountains on a mountain bike, there's only one real way to get down.

    As for the stents, I'm sure we'll get there eventually. Give us a chance to catch up to your advanced age.
    think that might be worse then me getting dressed to posse in front of the coffee shop


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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    OMG the whining! It's deafening!

    I got hit by a car 17 years ago. 2 knee surgeries, 5 foot surgeries and yeah, nothing's the same. Deal with it.

    I give you permission to use "SuperGimp" as your avatar title. We should form a little club.
    I broke my foot last year, on my skateboard, dipping into the bowl at the local skate park. Yes I'm 56 y/o. Can I join the club, I like to whine?

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    On my big ride (AIDS/LifeCycle) I had some injuries. I went to the doctor, he actually said I just didn't train hard enough. I have a Rule #5 prescription. In writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbeasley View Post
    I broke my foot last year, on my skateboard, dipping into the bowl at the local skate park. Yes I'm 56 y/o. Can I join the club, I like to whine?


    You're in, bub. You need stents to get into the Senior Division though.

    Quote Originally Posted by JakiChan View Post
    On my big ride (AIDS/LifeCycle) I had some injuries. I went to the doctor, he actually said I just didn't train hard enough. I have a Rule #5 prescription. In writing.
    OK, not to reopen your other thread but what did he mean by not train enough? or hard enough? I think you've done a couple hundred more miles than me this year and I'd probably do something like your life ride without too much second thought - actually, i did that Strava 500km thing in 7 days with a lot less fitness in my legs. My a$$ paid the price though.

    You're welcome to join the SuperGimp brigade though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    OK, not to reopen your other thread but what did he mean by not train enough? or hard enough? I think you've done a couple hundred more miles than me this year and I'd probably do something like your life ride without too much second thought - actually, i did that Strava 500km thing in 7 days with a lot less fitness in my legs. My a$$ paid the price though.
    Day 1 (SF to Santa Cruz) is the hardest day. 85 miles and about 5500 feet of climbing. Last year, due to injury, I skipped the big climb. This year I wasn't hurt so I went for it. And paid the price. I strained my adductors and whatnot. The doctor said that it meant I hadn't trained enough.

    That being said, this supposed "Sports Medicine" doctor was not helpful, knew nothing about cycling, and therefore didn't really give me anything useful. But that's ok, because I just wanted a referral to my preferred physical therapist who is a cyclist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JakiChan View Post
    Day 1 (SF to Santa Cruz) is the hardest day. 85 miles and about 5500 feet of climbing. Last year, due to injury, I skipped the big climb. This year I wasn't hurt so I went for it. And paid the price. I strained my adductors and whatnot. The doctor said that it meant I hadn't trained enough.

    That being said, this supposed "Sports Medicine" doctor was not helpful, knew nothing about cycling, and therefore didn't really give me anything useful. But that's ok, because I just wanted a referral to my preferred physical therapist who is a cyclist.
    Interesting - lately I've been experiencing a bit of a strain in my adductors when climbing a hill cold. Since leaving my house involves about a mile of 7% hill, I'm usually cold unless I cheat and go sideways. I never used to feel those particular muscles... I'll have to pay attention.

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